50 posts tagged "Derek Lam"
A couple of weeks back, I mentioned that the new scene in the Hamptons was Soul Cycle’s spinning classes. Little did I know the class rapport went well beyond physical fitness. For Allure editor in chief and avid biker Linda Wells, the 9:30 a.m. weekend classes were how she got involved with the R.E.S.T. Initiative, which brings massage therapies into chemotherapy treatment rooms. “One of the instructors was suffering and realized that one element was missing from the healing, the power of human touch,” explained Wells, who hosted cocktails and a shopping party with Derek Lam at Tod’s Madison Avenue boutique last night to benefit the organization. Speaking of hands on, Tod’s tan leather D-Bag was the evening’s most sought-after item.
Lest you should stay in one night this week, tonight is the opening party for Derek Lam’s first boutique in the quaintly cobblestoned but retail-hot micro-neighborhood that we’ll call CroHo. (That’s for the T-junction formed by Crosby and Howard streets.) The space is minimal, airy, and slightly trippy, with the 2,800 square feet divvied up by curving sweeps of aquarium glass. It was designed by starchitects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, whose only other New York project is the New Museum. “In both the New Museum and Derek Lam, we wanted to bring refined elements into the rough texture of the surrounding city in a way that blended naturally,” says Sejima, who was literally Lam’s first client. (She bought a black double-breasted trench from Fall 2004.) Thus, the modernist glass walls and poured concrete floor play off the original brick walls of the nineteenth-century building. By July, Lam and his staff will be moving to Crosby Street as well. “I always wanted to have it like a European house where the store is downstairs and the atelier is above,” says Lam. That means that the Soho resident will be able to walk to work, thereby fulfilling yet another New York dream.
Fresh off a plane from L.A., where he was the man of the hour at a Tod’s luncheon to benefit Couture Cares last week, Derek Lam co-hosted a ladies’ lunch at Christie’s today. After perusing casefuls of jewels to be auctioned off later this spring, Lydia Fenet, BJ Topol-Blum, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and other uptown types adjourned to a second-floor boardroom to watch an abridged version of Lam’s Fall collection, accessorized with yet more baubles from the upcoming sale. We sat next to the designer’s partner, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, who gave us an update on Lam’s new store, which, contrary to the taxi ads you might’ve spotted around town, is not yet open. The delay, he explained, is due to pods—designed by Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind the New Museum, and built in Las Vegas—that are the main architectural feature of the store. Believe it or not, the weather has been too awful to ship them across the country. As if those giant pods aren’t temptation enough to make the trek down to Crosby Street (the store is adjacent to Jil Sander and across the street from the still-under-construction Mondrian Hotel), he also said that they’ve hired the sales staff from Linda Dresner, the fabulous Madison Avenue boutique that closed its doors earlier this year. We’ll be expecting some special one-on-one attention when we use the generous gift card we were delighted to find next to our place card.